9th December 2009

“Explanations of events in the natural and social worlds do not get elevated from the status of hypothesis to that of theory unless they have led to practical results and have therefore been proved objectively truthful. Humans did not get to the moon on the basis of "just a theory" but Newton's theory of gravitation; and Darwin set us on the search for genes with all the practical medical and agricultural implications for humanity that that entails. Intelligent design won't be curing or feeding anybody soon.”

Dan Evans

16 Responses to “9th December 2009”

  1. chris Says:

    I’m glad ID has been decisively repudiated by the courts and discredited. Even so, a prime example of how religious dogma makes us waste time and money on bullshit. End church tax supports now! They are nothing but businesses – worse than retailers of homeopathic remedies. At least with the latter, you actually get a bottle.

  2. tech Says:

    Chris you could fill more a bottle this morning lol maybe even a barrel.

  3. tech Says:

    Chris you could fill more than a bottle this morning lol. Maybe even a barrel.

  4. PEB Says:

    I just found a quote on a creationism website (an official looking one – not a crackpot one). I’m not going to post the address here as I wouldn’t want anyone else reading this rubbish (especially tech who is impressionable)

    The article suggests there is no conflict between science and religion. If god created the earth in 6/7 days when why is the earth much, much older than a few thousand years? Well apparently a “day” in Genesis doesn’t actually mean 24 hours but as they put it:

    “Day as a twenty-four hour period only applies if you are standing on planet earth. What is the meaning of day if you are in the middle of space? There is no day or night there, so why should we limit God to a limited twenty-four hour earth day?”

    Genius.

  5. tech Says:

    WHY SHOULD WE LIMIT GOD PERIOD. LORD BLESS YOU ALL.

  6. John Says:

    I wander what would have happened had man been allowed to think free thoughts before the Age of Enlightenment. Religion is sort of like cancer; to cut it out may leave a big nasty void and to leave it in will surely kill us.

  7. tech Says:

    John,what sect of society are you living in that you that you are not allowed to think freely.

  8. tech Says:

    EVERYONE HAS FREEDOM TO THINK WHAT THEY WANT. HOW EVER FREEDOM TO EXPRESS IT OR TALK ABOUT IT MAYBE RESTRICTED IN SOME PARTS OF SOCIETY.ME PERSONALLY I AM FREE AS THE THE BIRDS. PRAISE THE LORD.

  9. Holysmokes Says:

    How exactly does one go about, “Praising the Lord” Tech?

  10. Holysmokes Says:

    For that matter, what purpose does it serve?

  11. Chris Says:

    Tech – you caps lock key is on the fritz. Also, a space after a period will make your praisings of the flying spaghetti monster that much more readable.

    “I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it.”
    –Benjamin Franklin

  12. tech Says:

    John, sounds like old Ben might have been a Atheist too. As for my typeing errors thats all it is.

  13. Chris Says:

    An atheist would not have made such a statement. Mr. Franklin was a deist, as were many of his contemporaries. Not that we wouldn’t be proud to claim him but that was as far as one could go at the time and not have their reputation suffer, or worse. He was, however, explicitly not a Christian.

  14. tech Says:

    Chris, I,m a Christian and over the years I’ve had many people who disagree with my beliefs. That does not change anything for me. I,m still a believer.I’m quiet happy with my life. I would not change my life style for anything. My Gods Grace is sufficient for me. Praise the LORD.

  15. Chris Says:

    Your God’s grace seems to be reserved for a select few, if Jesus’ words have meaning. According to Jesus people like me that find fault with his teachings will be tormented forever. Eternal punishment, it seems to me, is way beyond extreme and cannot be the handed down punishment of a all-loving God. You can’t believe in the hell of Jesus and the total love of god. They are incompatible ideas.

    When you say that you’d not change your lifestyle for anything I’m not sure what to say. I think what you mean is that you’d not renounce your faith for anything. If this is so, you have placed chains on your intellect by saying “I will believe the earth is flat.” This may be comforting and many would view such dogmatic belief a virtue but you have insulated yourself against real truths, evidence, science and true love for your fellow man. You claim God gave you a brain but requires you not to use a significant portion of its capabilities. If there is a God, surly he desires for us to live up to our potential. He probably, like most parents, wants us to grow up not to need him. I can tell you, if my daughter isn’t out of the house by the time she’s 19 i’ll probably have to start applying pressure!

    I’m glad you’re here Tech. Truly. I’m learning a lot from you but probably not the lesson you’re hoping to teach. I was a Christian too. If there’s a God, he’s happy I moved out and got a job.

  16. John Says:

    I second it, Chris……